A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing a man who was walking his dog during a “confrontation” at a petrol station in Newcastle.

Police say the younger man was allegedly armed with a knife when he entered a different service station in Shortland, shortly after 8pm on Saturday.

He allegedly confronted an employee before running from the scene empty-handed and entering the second service station on Sandgate Rd.

The scene in Newcastle on Saturday night. Picture: Peter Lorimer.

The scene in Newcastle on Saturday night. Picture: Peter Lorimer.Source:News Corp Australia

It is here police say he became involved in an argument with a 54-year-old man who was walking his dog.

“Witnesses have told police the argument became physical with the older man sustaining a stab wound to his abdomen,” NSW Police said in a statement, also describing it as a “confrontation”.

The 54-year-old man died at the scene.

“Initial inquiries suggest the two men were not known to each other,” police said.

The scene of the Newcastle stabbing at the Metro Service Station on Sandgate Road, Shortland. Picture by Peter Lorimer.

The scene of the Newcastle stabbing at the Metro Service Station on Sandgate Road, Shortland. Picture by Peter Lorimer.Source:News Corp Australia

Metro Petroleum on Sandgate Rd, Shortland. Picture: Peter Lorimer

Metro Petroleum on Sandgate Rd, Shortland. Picture: Peter LorimerSource:News Corp Australia

The younger man was found at a house down the road.

Officers attempted to speak to him “without success” and he was arrested after being Tasered.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with murder.

The 24-year-old was refused police bail and is due to face Newcastle Local Court on Sunday.

Extracted in full from: https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/54yearold-dies-after-stabbing-at-service-centre-near-newcastle/news-story/d4fb2be443d7416f3e5d3d76a457e3f8